The Building Safety Bill will be in the news over the next few months as it proceeds through Parliament. The Government says the Bill is intended to implement the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. The extent to which it does that, and the extent to which it will help building owners and leaseholders who need to improve building fire safety, is highly controversial.
Barristers at 4 Pump Court are involved in the Grenfell Inquiry. We are involved in many pieces of litigation about fire safety which have arisen from inspections carried out in the aftermath of that disaster. We specialise in construction disputes and in particular claims by and against developers, contractors, architects, engineers (including fire engineers) and sub-contractors of all sorts – including cladding and façade designers and installers. We understand the issues that arise in relation to pursuing such claims, including limitation, insolvent defendants, insurance claims, and seeking to act for leaseholders.
As the Bill passes through Parliament we will blog about relevant legal issues. The Bill is concerned with fire safety but it is not limited to that. It seeks to enact major changes to the law on limitation, the regulation of safe building and how the construction industry is managed. The passage of the Bill, and the way in which it is finally enacted, will be of interest to all involved with the construction industry: developers, contractors, subcontractors, professionals, solicitors, insurers and claims consultants. Do bookmark this page, follow us on Linkedin, and stay in touch for the latest news on this important Bill.
Background This article provides an overview of some of the most significant changes brought in by the Building Safety Act 2022, including the new and expanded causes of action available to homeowners and leaseholders; provisions that enable claimants to pierce the corporate veil; and the controversial expanded and retrospective limitation periods. It also offers guidance […]
10th January 2023
As presaged in our previous note the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, gave an updating statement to the House of Commons in relation to building safety on 10 January 2022. Six steps were identified: Reviewing Government schemes and programmes, such that there will be “commercial […]
14th February 2022
Shortly after the third reading in the House of Commons on 19 January 2022 the Building Safety Bill passed the second reading in the House of Lords. Recent public focus has been on the recent announcement from Michael Gove MP that developers will be forced to pay for remediation of unsafe cladding on certain residential […]
14th February 2022
The Building Safety Bill passed the third reading in the House of Commons on 19 January 2022. This was somewhat overshadowed by the surprise announcement on 10 January 2022 by Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Housing, that developers will be forced to pay an estimated £4 billion to remediate unsafe cladding on residential […]
27th January 2022
Understandably, most attention on the Building Safety Bill has been focused on the proposal to extend the limitation period for claims under the Defective Premises Act. Less eye-catching, but perhaps just as significant for developers, landlords and leaseholders in residential developments are the Bill’s measures relating to the regulation of “higher-risk buildings”. There are two […]
11th January 2022
Under the Building Safety Bill as currently drafted, the limitation period is to be extended retrospectively to 15 years, see here. Today Michael Gove MP has announced that the Bill will be amended to make that 30 years. If enacted, that could open up a LOT of claims that were thought to be statute barred, […]
10th January 2022
The Building Safety Bill inched its way through the Committee stage of the Commons in September – October 2021 with no significant amendments, but much discussion of the fact that leaseholders are still on the hook for remedial works. Perhaps the most important political change was that Michael Gove MP is now the secretary of […]
10th January 2022
Between 9 September 2021 and 26 October 2021 the Building Safety Bill was considered by the Public Bill Committee for the Building Safety Bill. A Public Bill Committee is appointed by the Committee of Selection having regard to qualifications of MPs and to the composition of the House and so this committee had a Conservative […]
10th January 2022
In the post-Grenfell landscape, one of the tasks now faced by owners and leaseholders of multi-storey residential buildings is to ensure that the same (or a similar) tragedy is not repeated. There is however an obvious, yet difficult, question: how do owners and leaseholders – an often large and amorphous group – go about rectifying […]
7th September 2021
As forecast in our Preview from 20 July 2021, the second reading did not involve substantive debate on the legal issues raised by the Bill. It did, however, indicate there is significant cross-party criticism of the Bill’s failure to fund remedial works for the benefit of leaseholders. The Secretary of State, in his speech, described […]
26th July 2021
We will provide an update note on the 2nd reading of the Bill as soon as possible. In the meantime, it may be of interest to note that at the beginning of the 2nd reading (or rather shortly thereafter, which caused some consternation) a ministerial statement was provided in relation to EWS1 forms, which have […]
22nd July 2021
The Building Safety Bill will have its 2nd reading in the House of Commons on 21 July 2021. The 2nd reading stage involves the following: Debate on general principles of the Bill Second reading is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the Bill. It usually takes place no sooner than […]
20th July 2021
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